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Thread: Classic Literature that you want to read

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    practical experience, FTW kaylim's Avatar
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    Classic Literature that you want to read

    To me, reading classic novels is like spinning a roulette wheel because oftentimes the age of the writing shows even if the piece is influential in other ways. Good examples of this for is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

    But occasionally I'll read older works that I actually enjoy. For example, Robert Louis Stevenson's novels 'Kidnapped' and 'Treasure Island' I think are really good even though they were written a century ago.

    With all that said, here are a few classic works of lit that I want to get around to reading:

    Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky

    Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (I read an abridged version when I was a kid and liked it)

    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

    Iron Heel by Jack London

    That's all I can think of at the top of my head. What are yours?

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    practical experience, FTW
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    I read a lot of "classic" lit, and post a new thread here every year mentioning my one promised classic read. This year it was Villette, by Charlotte Brontė. Right now I'm reading The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, by B. Traven. I do like to read things by writers I haven't explored before; some I wind up really enjoying, others not so much, but I am always pleased by the effort.

    I do recommend For Whom the Bell Tolls very highly. I think it's Hemingway's best work.

    Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.

    -- Terry Pratchett

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    It's massive, but I want to get through Les Miserables eventually. I've heard it's gorgeous and well worth the read.


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